The provision of care in the UK is in need of a different approach.

There is an increasing need for care at home given the ageing population and the increased pressure on the health service.  There is a lot of evidence to suggest that the NHS can struggle to send patients home because the lack of care available.

My personal experience has demonstrated the difficulties supporting a loved one living 3 hours away, being cared for by his partner and having huge challenges in obtaining the right level of care at the right time

I don’t think we’re alone, people are often isolated from family and friends and may not have a network of readily available volunteers to help when somebody needs care.  In the past we weren’t so geographically dispersed and therefore more in touch with our family and friends network.

As a result we are increasingly reliant on agencies to step in and provide care workers to support our nearest and dearest

The agency model of care can serve us well.  Other models of care may rely on friends and family stepping in or perhaps a ‘friend of a friend’ will provide a private arrangement of care.

Independent Carers is #onamission to build an army of self-employed carers by providing a professional framework for carers to establish themselves with the right information and approach to getting out there and enjoying a direct relationship with those people who need their care.

Safety is paramount to this working, we provide information and guidance to the person in need of care so that they are able to identify the right carer for them and ensure their safety in doing so.